WOODFORD, Ky. (LEX 18) – It was an unforgettable experience for six Woodford County inmates and their daughters on Saturday night.
The Woodford County Detention center got a Special Valentine’s Day make over for a father-daughter-dance.
“My daughter has never seen me in a tux ever in her life,” said Jason Lemons.
But that changed on Saturday as inmate Jason Lemons went from jail uniform to tuxedo.
“When she pulled up out there it hit me like a ton of bricks,” said Lemons.
Lemons has been in jail since June, and being away from his daughter Kara every day has been a challenge.
“The mistakes I have made have cost me time with my kids and to me time with my kids and to all my kids, time is the most precious thing I got,” said Lemons.
Kara, who’s a self-proclaimed Daddy’s girl, was devastated when her father missed her homecoming dance but now she’s thankful to have a chance to make it up.
“I know I get to see him and dance with him in a little bit I’m just really excited,” said Jason’s daughter Kara Berger.
Jason, along with 5 other Dads, got to spend the evening dancing and eating with their daughters, it’s time together like this that serves as a reminder to get their act together once they get out.
“She isn’t a little baby any more I think she needs me more now than when she was a baby and it just hurts me knowing I’m missing out on things she needs me there for,” said Lemons.
Kara says she can’t wait for the day her dad comes home.
We’re told all the tuxedos, food and other elements of the dance were donated by local businesses and people in the community.